Marbles and Monuments in an Age of Terrorism

Lecture: Marbles and Monuments in an Age of Terrorism

Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 pm
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
(this event is free and open to the public)

Prof. James A.R. Nafziger, College of Law, Willamette University
Prof. Robert K. Paterson, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

The endless controversy concerning the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles in the British Museum is iconic. Although such claims for the unqualified return of cultural material to countries of origin have met with some success in the courts, the diplomatic arena and the private sector, a trend toward more collaborative solutions including long­term loans is evident. Recently, the focus of cultural heritage lawyers has had to extend to the deliberate destruction of monuments and cultural objects by terrorists. Responses to such savagery have included the creation of safe havens and greater attention in anti-terrorist initiatives to the protection of cultural objects. The legal framework for protecting the global heritage is both essential and evolving.